With the purchase of a weather station, the weather observation can begin immediately – one thinks. The more professional the weather observation is performed, the more time and effort will be invested in choosing the correct placement of base station and outdoor sensors. A temperature outside sensor mounted on a balcony sunny side with a temperature sensor above a heater – both leads to falsified weather data. We have summarized the most important 10 rules for assembly here:
1# A home weather station (base station) inside the house should be attached to an easily accessible and visible wall. Heat sources such as heating, direct sunlight through a window or heating pipes laid in the wall must be taken into account when choosing the location.
2# Before installing an outdoor sensor, ensure that it is within the operating range specified in the operating instructions. If there are several walls (reinforced concrete) in the radio home weather station – outdoor sensor area, you can assume that they will not reach the specified range of the radio connection. Try the wireless connection before mounting!
3# An outdoor sensor may only be mounted in an area that is constantly in the shade. By official standards, the mounting height should be 2 meters above the ground.
4# Never mount an outdoor sensor near windows, walls or roofs. These house elements emit long-lasting heat and distort the data. Also, a mounting on heat-storing stone floor and concrete is to be avoided. Optimal is lawn as a substrate.
Make sure that the place is not too drafty, but also not too windproof selected. Both extremes can either lead to rapid temperature changes or prevent sudden temperature changes from being detected.
5# Pay attention to the water resistance of the outdoor sensor. Please read the operating instructions to see if the outdoor sensor is waterproof or only “splash-proof”. In case of heavy rain or thaw in winter you risk the defect of the sensor!
6# Energy-insulated house walls (north side) are ideal for installation. But also uninhabited garden huts (also north side) are suitable.
7# Unlike rain sensors, you can also mount a thermocouple on a tree trunk.
Pay attention to the accessibility of the sensor. Rain sensors must be cleaned regularly. A battery change is also needed to be scheduled.
8# A rain sensor should stand at 1 meter above ground level on relatively sheltered ground. Small bushes nearby are desirable. A large tree can distort the precipitation measurement due to the slipstream. Unsuitable is the installation on terrace, balcony, close to a house wall or roof. According to tgguidelines, obstacles such as trees or buildings should be at least twice as far away from the precipitation sensor as they are high.
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